Actress Katherine Heigl says working as a child model when she was nine was 'brutal' and she hated the experience.

Katherine Heigl

The 33-year-old, who raises three-year-old daughter Naleigh with husband Josh Kelley, began her career in showbusiness with a stint as a model for clients including US department stores Macy's and Sears but Katherine has admitted she hated the experience.

"Oh my god, it was brutal. You even understand it, even when you're nine, you're like, 'This is silly and lame' and they're like, 'No, no, it's adorable, do it,'" quoted Heigl as saying.